Should You Buy a House with Mold Problems
Realtor showing a Potential buyer a home without knowing if there is mold.
You finally find the home of your dreams after searching forever in the Palm Desert area. Just before signing on the dotted line, you discover that the home has mold problems. Should you buy your dream house anyway?
First, let’s talk about what mold is. Mold is a type of fungus that can grow anywhere if given the right conditions. Thousands of species of mold can be found in houses; from the kind that grows on bread and fruit to the mold that inhabits humid spaces. Exposure to some types of mold can even cause health effects, so you'll need to have it removed from the home as soon as possible to be safe.
Also, mold may cause serious structural damage to a building because it feeds on and breaks down organic matter. Therefore, when mold infests walls, insulation, paper backing, or carpeting, the materials must be removed.
Before you buy any home, make sure you have it inspected for mold and other problems. Insist that the inspection contains a contingency clause (which defines a condition or action that must be met for a real estate contract to become binding). Never take a seller's or real estate agent's word about the presence of mold. Even if you're getting a really good discount, you want to get an inspection. The cost of removing the mold could end up being greater than your savings. If mold is exposed during the inspection, you have a bargaining chip. You can then do one of three things:
- Ask the seller to reduce the asking price
- Ask the seller to fix the problem
- Walk away from the deal
Sellers are required under state real estate disclosure rules to disclose if there’s an ongoing mold problem in the house or if it’s been previously flooded, but they don't always do so. If they do not, the owner may be liable to you for failure to disclose. (See the Nolo article, "Home Defects: Sue the Seller," which provides useful advice on determining who’s legally responsible for home defects and how to file suit.)
You may decide to tackle the mold clean up yourself, but some mold grows deep roots that can only be removed with the right tools. This will cause the mold to keep coming back if it is not removed properly. Mold can also be very difficult to find. You would be better off using a company that specializes in mold removal like SERVPRO of Palm Desert.
There's no right answer for whether it's OK to buy a home with mold. Your primary concerns should be your budget, your health and how soon you need to move in. On the other hand, if you’ve got the time and money to get rid of the mold, purchasing a home with mold in it could save you money, especially if your home is appraised lower because of the mold.
Give SERVPRO of Palm Desert a call today and let our professionals handle the mold in your home!
Helping Schools Provide Clean, Healthy Environments
Let SERVPRO of Palm Desert keep your school buildings clean and healthy!
Educational institutions can depend on their local SERVPRO of Palm Desert for fast, thorough service in the event of fire, water or mold damage. With 24-hour emergency response, SERVPRO of Palm Desert provides mitigation, cleanup and restoration services to reduce recovery costs and to help ensure minimal interruption to your curriculum. Your local SERVPRO of Palm Desert also provides expert cleaning for emergencies or special needs exceeding routine janitorial capabilities, including stain removal, upholstery and drapery dry cleaning, indoor air quality and vandalism cleanup. Our professionals are trained to clean and sanitize building materials, surfaces and contents following restoration industry standards, using professional cleaning products and EPA registered cleaners and disinfectants. We are trusted by hundreds of insurance companies nationwide. We have served the Coachella Valley since 1967. Call us today at, (760) 346-7270 to get your free estimate.
Fire Pit Safety
Fire Pits can be fun but they can cause serious damage if not set up right. Let SERVPRO of Palm Desert help clean up the damage 24/7!
Now that the weather is getting nicer, everyone is spending more time outside. Why stop enjoying the fresh air once it starts getting chilly and dark outside?! Backyard fire pits are all the trend nowadays. They are so great to sit around and enjoy now that we can spend time with our friends and family again.
Before you place your fire pit in your yard, you must be real careful whether it is a fixed unit or a moveable one.
- Your fire pit should be on a flat even surface to reduce the chances of fire escaping.
- Place your fire pit at least 10 feet away from any flammable structures. This includes trees, fences, your garage and house.
- Make sure your fire pit doesn’t have anything above it like a porch or tree branches.
- Don’t place your fire pit on a flammable surface like a porch or grass. Elevate your portable fire pit so it’s safe from grass, flowers and weeds.
If you find that you have a disaster on your hands call 911 AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! These kinds of fires can grow very rapidly so do not try to put it out by yourself.
Should your house sustain any damage from fire or smoke, please give SERVPRO of Palm Desert a call and we will come out immediately - day or night - to begin the clean up and to board up your home if needed.
SERVPRO of Palm Desert Can Handle Any Kind of Storm Damage!
Don't let storm damage get you down! SERVPRO of Palm Desert is here for you 24/7!
I am sure you know that storms can cause horrific damage and come without notice! We have been there to help after Rainstorms that flood the area and Wildfires which can leave horrible smoke damage!
SERVPRO is the number one leader in Disaster Recovery with more than 1,700 franchise locations across the country. In the event of a large storm the Disaster Recovery Team is available to rush in and help. This team consists of franchise locations across the state that have the tools, training and resources to handle the unpredictable.
With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,700 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big. Recent mobilizations of the Catastrophic Storm Response Teams include:
- 2017 California wildfires
- 2017 Hurricane Irma
- 2017 Hurricane Harvey
- 2016 Hurricane Matthew
- 2015 Carolina floods
- 2014 Polar Vortex
- 2012 Sandy
- 2010 Nashville floods
In 2019, a neighboring location in Southern California was getting calls every 5 minutes to help with water/flood damage at both residential and commercial properties. They were able to call in the SERVPRO Storm Team to help them ensure that all of the properties were taken care of and restored as if there wasn’t any water in their buildings!
You don’t have to worry about storm damage to your property! SERVPRO of Palm Desert is here to help! Give us a call 24/7 at (760) 346-7270!
Things That You Should NOT Do After Flooding
Don't let flooding in your home get you down, SERVPRO of Palm Desert is here to help, day or night!
Here are some simple things that you should avoid doing if there is flooding in your home:
- Don't use your television or other household appliances.
- Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.
- Don't use your household vacuum to remove any water.
- Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors their dyes could transfer to the carpet.
- Don't leave wet fabrics in place, they are the perfect place for molds to grow. Hang furs and leather goods.
- Don't leave valuables in the home without letting the technicians note them in your job file.
SERVPRO of Palm Desert will be out quickly to begin removing the water from the places that it shouldn’t be but doing these few things will keep you safe and make the dry out go more quickly.
Does your Commercial Building have Mold?
Some businesses in the Palm Desert area are starting to reopen after being closed for a very long time. The businesses that have been closed for a long period of time could have some mold growth in their commercial building. Businesses are facing the challenge of how to reopen safely for their employees and the general public. A big concern that you might not have thought about is having indoor exposure to mold. Mold brings a lot of potential health effects.
Mold can grow on almost any organic substance, provided moisture and oxygen are present. Some of the causes can be tied to poor air circulation while buildings are shuttered, condensation buildup in air handling systems, and even rooms left dark in hotter months. That is why your business needs to be checked for any mold that might have grown while the building was closed.
With years of experience in mold remediation jobs, our technicians at SERVPRO of Palm Desert are here to help get your business ready to safely open for your employees and the public. Don’t hesitate to call us at (760) 346-7270.
The Dos and Don'ts of Recovering from a Flood
Follow these simple steps to recover from a flood!
Flood damage poses a serious threat to households throughout the Whitewater River area and its tributaries. General winter storms, combining high-intensity rainfall and rapid melting of the mountain snowpack can cause these areas to flood. In the event that your home experiences storm damage, you should be sure to schedule restoration services. A company offering emergency flood damage restoration can help you quickly restore your property to its original condition. Read on for a closer look at the dos and don'ts of flood recovery.
Do: Remove Excess Water
One of the most important actions that you can take in the aftermath of a flood is to remove as much of the water from your home as possible. For example, household mops, towels and other items can be used to soak up excess water from your indoor spaces. You should also be sure to lift water away from your counters, wooden furniture, and other porous belongings.
Do: Ensure Maximum Ventilation
Ventilation is key during a flood recovery procedure. By ensuring that your home is properly ventilated, you will help the water dry up as quickly as possible. Some examples of good ventilation practices include opening windows and turning on fans. Your flood damage repair company can help you better ventilate your home.
Don't: Turn on Household Appliances
Immediately after a flood, it is important to avoid turning on your household appliances. When there is standing water throughout your home, this could create an electrical emergency. By waiting for professional assistance before turning on any fixtures or appliances, you can help to keep yourself and your family safe from harm.
For help with all of your flood damage restoration needs, be sure to contact SERVPRO of Palm Desert. As leading water restoration specialists in the area, we are fully qualified to provide you with a full range of residential restoration services. To schedule a flood damage repair appointment today, give us a call at (909) 878-0302
Prevent Kitchen Fires in your Commercial Kitchen
We at SERVPRO of Palm Desert are here to help with the clean-up!
According to FEMA, on average, a fire in a commercial kitchen will result in an average loss of $23,000. For about 43 percent of those restaurant’s, that fire caused a total loss, forcing the restaurant to shout its doors.
- Tight, cramped kitchens with staff going in and out, combined with open flames, heat and combustible material put commercial kitchens at risk of fires.
- Cooking is the leading cause of non-residential building fires.
The two most common kitchen fires can be avoided with regular cleaning. Those fires are started in/around exhaust hoods and grease traps.
Poorly maintained Exhaust Hoods can turn a minor fire into a raging inferno. Built-up residue on an exhaust system becomes combustible and grease residues can ignite and spread throughout the entire duct system.
When Grease is present in a commercial kitchen it is highly combustible and is an obvious fire hazard. It is one of the most overlooked, but easy to avoid causes of commercial kitchen fires.
Commercial kitchen fires can happen at any time. It is important to be mindful of your cleanliness, processes and equipment on a daily/weekly basis to ensure there is not an obvious hazard staring you in the face. Educate your staff to recognize these hazards and have safety procedures in place. This will help with fire prevention.
You should make sure that all of your staff is adequately trained on how to operate a fire extinguisher to help minimize damage.
If a fire does occur, we at SERVPRO of Palm Desert are here to help with the clean-up!
SERVPRO specializes in Mold Remediation and Restoration in the Palm Desert area.
Our specially trained technicians are here to help you with your mold problems.
Mold does not need much to start forming in your home or business. Mold can start forming due to a little water leak from a pipe or some humidity build up in a bathroom. Once that mold starts forming it can spread as quickly as 48 hours! Here at SERVPRO of Palm Desert, we pride ourselves on how fast we get to the bottom of your mold issue and restore the area "Like it never even happened."
Mold is a very serious thing to deal with because it has the potential to produce allergens, irritants, and other health effects. SERVPRO of Palm Desert will inspect and assess your property before remediating your mold problem. Our SERVPRO technicians have undergone specialized training to ensure the job is done right!
Call us right away at (760) 346-7270, if you smell a “musty” odor or see black spots. The earlier we catch the problem, the simpler it will be to fix.
What To Do If Your House Is Flooded Due To A Storm?
SERVPRO of Palm Desert are experts at recovering from storms!
Storm water can build up and cause flooding around your home. The water can find ways to enter into your house and cause a big mess. If your home starts flooding because due to a storm, you should follow the following six steps to get everything back to the way it was.
- Turn Off the Electricity - Turn off all electrical systems if you can get to your fuse box without walking through water. If you cannot reach the fuse box without walking through water, leave it alone.
- Evacuate the Premises - Locate a shelter that is not in the flooded area. Get everyone relocated to the shelter as soon as possible.
- Call for Help - Once your family members are safe, call for help. If anyone needs medical attention, call 911. No matter what’s going on with the flooded house, the damage has already been done. Your focus must be on you and your loved ones’ well-being. After you’ve verified that everyone is safe and well, you can make calls to the proper parties to get the recovery process underway. Call Your Insurer, make sure to clarify whether you need to wait for an adjuster to visit your home before you begin the cleanup and repair processes.
- Document Everything - Document everything so you can show your insurer the extent of the damage. Use the camera on your cell phone to film or photograph all aspects of the issue. The water that’s flooding your home may include sewage or other hazardous material, so you need to take extreme precautions to not touch it. Before going into the home, suit up with appropriate protective gear, such as waders and waterproof boots.
- Start the Cleanup Process - Cleaning up after a flood is a long, arduous process. You’ll need to remove the water, salvage any personal items you can, dry the space out, and disinfect any areas or objects the water touched.
- Prevent Mold Damage - Mold is a big problem after a flood—and not just the type of mold that you might find in a damp basement. Toxic mold or black mold can have effects on your health. To avoid mold issues, you’ll need to do two things: keep areas that flooded as dry as possible and treat potential problem areas with a strong cleaner, like a bleach solution.
The professionals at SERVPRO of Palm Desert are here to help, give us a call at (760)346-7270.